Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Why do Things Fall Apart?: A Psychological Analysis of Okonkwo's Personality and his Ultimate Demise in Chinua Achebe's Novel Things Fall Apart
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There are very few works not associated with the Western canon to have received as much attention as Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart (Ogbaa 1). However, contrary to the many post-colonial interpretations of this novel, this essay employs a psychoanalytical literary approach to discuss the cause of the protagonist’s eventual demise, based on the premise that human behaviour is driven by an unconscious process. Consequently, this essay argues that following the ego’s inability to repress the infantile demands of the unconscious, the preconscious and the conscious self, ever more compulsive, repetitive and neurotic behaviours are displayed. Furthermore, this essay argues that Okonkwo’s relationship to his mother plays a significant role in explaining the tense relationship with his own father and sons. Subsequently, the protagonist’s self-confidence turns to pride and his masculinity develops into totalitarian rule leading to uncontrollable rage, Okonkwo’s world literally falls apart.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Psychoanalytic Approach, Freud, Defense Mechanism
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-8552Archive number: HEU:C11:16OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-8552DiVA: diva2:403307
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2011-03-14 Created: 2011-03-11 Last updated: 2011-03-14Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(231 kB)7248 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 231 kBChecksum SHA-512
6e913c678ad0b5048a1e33c656ca80838242ba00637bb6d0ce79b94242b9e296895ebf779052b14b4c7885dea3e31fa35b04d84bb3c8450b94dfed7b5baadb13
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Cowlin, Justin Lee
By organisation
Faculty of Education and Business Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 7248 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 2658 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link